Thurston to lead dance of sup­port

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - PAUL MALONE NICK WALSHAW

COWBOYS cham­pion Johnathan Thurston will lead other in­dige­nous foot­ballers in per­form­ing an on- field war dance this week­end in sup­port of Adam Goodes.

Thurston last night threw his sup­port be­hind a call by for­mer NRL player David Peachey for “in­dige­nous broth­ers and sis­ters in ev­ery code, ev­ery level of ev­ery Aus­tralian sport ( to) get up and do any dance they want in sup­port of Adam”.

Goodes was yesterday re­ported to be con­sid­er­ing re­tir­ing from AFL due to re­peated boo­ing at matches – a crowd re­sponse that be­gan af­ter he per­formed an on- field “war” dance where he threat­ened op­po­si­tion fans with an imag­i­nary spear.

Thurston – whose Cowboys play Can­berra on Satur­day – last night said: “I’ll show my re­spect for Adam and not only all the in­dige­nous ath­letes but all the in­dige­nous peo­ple with a lit­tle move on the week­end if I am lucky enough to score.”

Fel­low Ma­roon Greg Inglis also in­di­cated he would sup­port Peachey’s plan – retweet­ing a fan’s re­quest that he “take a stand on racism this week­end” by do­ing a war dance if he scored a try against the Pan­thers. The plan also won the sup­port of rugby league’s top Abo­rig­i­nal of­fi­cial, ARL In­dige­nous Coun­cil chair Linda Bur­ney.

“I think ( the boo­ing) is clearly racist and com­bines with tall poppy syn­drome,’’ Ms Bur­ney said.

“You have a proud in­dige­nous man who puts his head up … and this hap­pens.

“That’s why I hope play­ers will shake a leg to sup­port Good­sey this week­end.’’

Peachey – a com­mu­nity em­ployee of the NRL – also called for the crowd at AFL games to drown out the “mi­nor­ity’’ of abu­sive bar­rack­ers of Goodes with cheers of sup­port.

“This is how we take this back, re­claim a sport and a so­ci­ety that has come so far in re­cent years but ev­i­dently still has a ways to go,’’ he said.

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